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Of Interest: Invasive carp issue jumps to a new level

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Carp fishing begins to get serious

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In this June 13, 2012 photo an Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumps from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish’s population. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, years in the making, about options for keeping Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. The report focuses on the Chicago Area Waterway System and its network of rivers and canals that provide a direct link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)

By Steve Tarterof the Journal Star

The Asian carp story — just like the fish, itself — isn’t going away anytime soon. While news of a Flying Fish Tournament was announced recently for this area in July that involves the Bass Pro Shop in East Peoria and bow hunters, we’ve received plenty of feedback on the ubiquitous carp.

Gray Magee, CEO of American Heartland Fish Products, weighed in with this note:

“Our company has almost completed the construction of a fish processing plant in Grafton (near Alton in southern Illinois) that will be processing large volumes up to 60,000 pounds per day on one shift of the invasive Asian carp into finished products of dry, high-protein fish meal, omega 3 fish oil and bone meal that will be marketed both domestically and exported,” Magee wrote.

“We already have three domestic feed plants that have expressed interest in buying all three of our finished products. We are planning to be operating by late February or early March,” he stated.

Magee said that American Heartland is working with Falcon Protein Products out of Birmingham, Ala. “Their patented process and technology will allow our plant to operate as a 100 percent green facility with no malodorous odors and no waste water problems,” he said.

Once the Grafton plant is up and running, American Heartland plans other plants along affected waterways, he added.

The Asian carp story — just like the fish, itself — isn’t going away anytime soon. While news of a Flying Fish Tournament was announced recently for this area in July that involves the Bass Pro Shop in East Peoria and bow hunters, we’ve received plenty of feedback on the ubiquitous carp.

Gray Magee, CEO of American Heartland Fish Products, weighed in with this note:
“Our company has almost completed the construction of a fish processing plant in Grafton (near Alton in southern Illinois) that will be processing large volumes up to 60,000 pounds per day on one shift of the invasive Asian carp into finished products of dry, high-protein fish meal, omega 3 fish oil and bone meal that will be marketed both domestically and exported,” Magee wrote.

“We already have three domestic feed plants that have expressed interest in buying all three of our finished products. We are planning to be operating by late February or early March,” he stated.

Magee said that American Heartland is working with Falcon Protein Products out of Birmingham, Ala. “Their patented process and technology will allow our plant to operate as a 100 percent green facility with no malodorous odors and no waste water problems,” he said.

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